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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Sweet Is Not As Sweet Without the Bitter

...assuming we don't let the bitter times degenerate our spirits to the point that we can't see relief when it comes.

When we find ourselves in a pit, we have 2 choices: 

1.) Wait patiently for a way of escape, or 
2.) Hang pictures on the dirt walls & put rugs down on the rock floor, convincing ourselves it's home (Beth Moore, Get out of That Pit!).

The Bible tells us that suffering is not meant to be a permanent home, but a season that "produces perseverance" (Romans 5:3b). Suffering makes us stronger, yet more tender; & teaches us compassion for others when they are suffering (because we know how it feels).

In chapter 23 of Job (Boy, did HE go thru the ringer!), verses 9-11, it says: "When [the Lord] works on the left hand, I cannot see Him; when He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; & when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside."

You may not be able to see how God is working in your difficult situation, or what good could possibly come out of it. But I promise you, if you'll hang in there with Him & trust Him, He will perfect you & settle you, & you will "come forth as gold." ♥

And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore, perfect, establish, strengthen, & settle you, making you strong, firm & steadfast. -1 Peter 5:10

© Stephanie Yax: 2010